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Council Tax: Fire Services

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average fire authority precept on Band D council tax was in England in each year since individual precepts were created. (157480)

Details of the average fire authority precept for Band D two-adult properties in England since individual precepts were introduced are as follows:

Metropolitan fire authorities

Combined fire and rescue authorities

1998-99

27

1999-2000

30

2000-01

32

2001-02

34

2002-03

36

2003-04

42

2004-05

45

53

2005-06

47

55

2006-07

49

58

2007-08

51

60

Prior to 2004-05, combined fire and rescue authorities were funded through grants from county councils, and not through a separate council tax precept.

The data are collected on Budget Requirement returns submitted annually by all billing and precepting authorities in England.